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guards in school. they will have a deal. if it goes over the fiscal cliff, it will hurt the republicans more. host: thank you for the call. a photograph of the president, cutting short his vacation. leaders were blaming each other for the stalled negotiations just days before tax increases lock in. more from the floor of the senate yesterday, harry reid. [video clip] >> speaker boehner should not have that members go back. they are not here. they are not here. john bennett seems to keep more about keeping his speakership than keeping the nation on firm financial footing. he is waiting until january 3 to get reelected as speaker. he has so many people over there that will not follow what he wants. that is obvious from the debacle that took place last week. host: back to your calls and comments. negotiations resumed at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon at the white house. north carolina on the republican line, good morning. caller: how are you/ i'm doing well -- how are you? the budget as far as the epa, i wonder if that would help cutting the budget, plus cutting entitlement spending. instead of
on the fiscal cliff. we'll ask republican senator bob corker if a deal is likely, and tell you how no deal could significantly impact everything from the price of milk to the price of gas. >> we also look back at the life and legacy of general norman schwarzkopf and a double agent tells "60 minutes" how he used facebook to infiltrate al qaeda. >> we begin with a look at today's "eye opener" your world in 90 seconds. >> the republicans in the house have left town, the negotiations
the fiscal cliff. i've got tens of thousands of federal employees and a great deal of defense spending would be at risk. so if we don't suspend the sequester and it looks like this very small deal may not even achieve that, then i'd have to be a "no" vote. so if i had to guess right now, i don't think we're going to be able to reach a deal no matter how small it might be. of course, at the very best, all we would do is stumble forward for a couple more months until we hit the debt ceiling and then face another crisis which is really a crisis of confidence in the government. i just can't imagine that the american people can tolerate this much longer, but they're stuck with this congress for the next two years. i mean, i have a lot of thoughts on this fiscal cliff but you wanted to talk about the gun measure, and -- >> i do indeed. >> life has to go on. >> we had that provocative phrasing that it appeared the nra may be out of step with its own membership. do you really believe that? >> yes, i do, martin. frank luntz, a republican pollster polled nra members and he found that there are at leas
up, greta, we conjured up this fiscal cliff to make us deal with our nation's problems. we are still not going to do it. we are going to go into next year and, yes, the american people should be very disgusted. >> greta: i hold everybody in washington accountable for shoving us off that cliff. we are not falling off it you all are shoving us off it for not doing the job and if there is some deal forged about people who make $250,000 a year or less, it is because no one in this country wants to raise taxes on those people but you there has been some what of a dereliction of duty because you will delay the spending cuts which everyone agrees, are the republicans agree are important, you delay them because you haven't done your work and there is going to be no hammer to your heads to actually sit down and do it. like the immigration think that you are all so hucked up to handle a year ago and haven't done anything about. what in the world would be the -- what would possibly be the threat to you to get these spending cuts handled? >> well, first of all, i don't think that delay spending
at the white house. but it may be too late for a deal. there's just four days left before the fiscal cliff deadline. >> i have to be very honest, mr. president. i don't know, time-wise, how it can happen now. >> reporter: senate majority leader, harry reid, lashed out at house speaker, john boehner, accusing him of running a dictatorship. >> john boehner seems to care more about his leadership than keeping the country on a secure footing. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. that wouldn't be fair to the american people. >> reporter: president obama flew home early from his hawaii vacation yesterday. speaker boehner called the house back into town for an unusual sunday session. but members of congress understand the 11th-hour actions may not be enough to appease the public. >> the american people have a right to be very upset with this congress. >> reporter: the fiscal cliff would bring massive tax increases and deep spending cuts. the treasury department would have trouble payin
is coming back to washington to try to reach a deal on avoiding the fiscal cliff. he now has less than a week until automatic tax hikes and sending cuts go into effect and the way out of this mess isn't clear. here's our senior congressional correspondent, dana bash. >> lisa, house republican leaders who are home for christmas held a conference call this afternoon to talk about when the house should come back in session. two gop sources tell me they did not make a decision. it's still up in the air. a reason for that is, if anything can get done in the next six days, the ball is in the senate's court. >>> the capital is a ghost town. the halls are empty, neither chamber in session. an eerie calm, since the fiscal cliff, only the congress has the power to avert, is less than one week away. at their homes for the holiday, the senate democratic leaders are trying to figure out if the president's scaled back bill, keeping middle class tax cuts in place, can pass congress at the 11th hour. >> there is absolutely no reason, none, not to protect these americans from a tax hike. at the very le
wake up the deadline to the fiscal cliff is just 14 hours ai wa. there's no deal yet, but members of congress are heading back to capitol hill. first, breaking news on the condition of secretary of state hillary clinton. >> she's in a new york city hospital this morning being treated for a blood clot. doctors say it's related to a concussion that's kept her out of the office for the past three weeks. margaret brennan is in washington with the latest. margaret good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. secretary clinton is taking anti-coagulant to thin out the blood clot. doctors will monitor her for at least the next 48 hours. >> a warm welcome to the secretary of state. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton was admitted to new york presbyterian hospital on sunday after doctors discovered a blood clot during what was termed a follow-up exam to check on her recovery from a recent concussion. >> thank you very much. how are you? >> reporter: clinton's health scare began after she contracted a stomach illness following a whirl wind trip through eur
ahead with your comment. caller: i really don't see much on the fiscal cliff. if they make a deal, either way they go, it will hurt. by the time 2014 gets here and when obamacare kicks in, it will cost me so much that i will have to quit work. it will be worth more for me to be on welfare than to keep working and just working for nothing but health care. host: we will get a response. guest: this is something a lot of people are waiting to see what the impact of that law is going to have. a lot of that, the major provisions don't kick in until now and in the next few years. everyone will wait to see what the impact on the economy will be. there's a big disagreement about what will happen. host: this new york times piece gives a sense of the mood in washington. let's read the first paragraph or two. guest: this is only the fourth time since the 1930's they have had to come back after christmas to do work. this is uncharted territory. no one really wanted to be in a situation, but it was a factor of them having to wait until after the election to start negotiating these things and th
they're any closer to a deal avoiding the fiscal cliff. congressional officials say they have no significant strides toward a compromise from the long christmas break. and they had no negotiations or meetings set right now. without an agreement, automatic tax increases for everyone and deep spending cuts will be trig everyday in the new year. -- triggered in the new year. the main dispute continues over who gets taxed and exactly how much they will be taxed. >>> ? less than two hours you can gamble around the clock. maryland live casino is now getting ready to open the doors and they will never close once that happens. own 24/7 and abc2 news linda so is live this morning at the casino and linda, are you playing yet? >> reporter: no, not yet. you said it yourself. it all happens at 8:00. you know it's never going to look this quiet again. because when they open those doors this morning at 8:00, this place as you said will be open every day of the week, 24 hours a day. this is the first casino in maryland to do so to tell us more about it this morning the general manager here ro
showdown taking place over the next 48 hours in washington. will there be a deal on the fiscal cliff before the clock 31st.s midnight on the other pressing topics, guns, benghazi, what he hopes >> now, your 11 insta-weather plus forecast with ava marie. time is 9:38, here's a like look outdoors. skycam showing the camera bumping around in strong winds. at the airport, gusts at 36 miles per hour. the sky is trying to break apart, sun shining through. even though we're seeing the sun, we've also seen flurries across the area, something unexpected. we didn't expect them to reach this far south but on the radar picture there's a hint of some flurries and sprinkles making their way to the eastern shore, through caroline county at this point. nothing major whatsoever. we've had reports of flurries in baltimore, as well. this will not accumulate. this is instability left over from the system yesterday. the radar showing the storm continues to spin towards the north and east moving into atlantic canada right now with cold wind behind it causing lake-effect snow showers downwind of lake erie, lake o
for the holidays and that means there's not a lot going on with the fiscal cliff negotiations. if no deal is reached in one week, the tax cuts enacted under president bush will expire and 1.2 trillion in spending cuts will automatically go into effect. if we do go over the fiscal cliff, how will it affect you from your paycheck to your retirement accounts? we're going to give you all the tips you need to protect yourself. here to do that this morning is ry ryan mac, president of opt middle school management. >> kudos for being able to pronounce that honolulu merry christmas saying. >> i don't think i can do it again. ahah! let's start with your paycheck as it applies to the fiscal cliff. if we go off the fiscal live how will mooirn and everybody's paycheck be affected? the majority of the paycheck won't be afeektded until 2014 when people file for 2013 stackses. there are certain things that are impacted right away like the payroll tax cut. for individuals earning about $50,000 a year, they'll be having to pay about $85 less because of the payroll tax cut will be expiring so that will be,
to do. this is the 112th congress. we have had two years to deal with the fiscal cliff. we have known it was coming, and we designed it that way pick the conjured up this clip fiscal cliff to address the big issue of our nation. i think you have heard people on both sides of the aisle, both of us, but many people talk about the fact that to deal with our fiscal issues we need to do something in the $4.50 trillion to $5 trillion range, so we can have the economy have the opportunity to take out. to have nothing in place on december 29, that probably will not happen. unfortunately for america, the next line in the sand will be the debt ceiling. secretary geithner has sent a letter, around mid-march, that action has to be taken by the time you have to take extraordinary action. lamar and i recognize that and we also recognize that the big issues of our nation really centered around entitlements. today the average family pays over $119,000 into the medicare program. two members of a family working over the life and will pay into medicare $119,000. today, that same family into de's dollars
will lead to a breakthrough in the fiscal cliff negotiations. fair to reach a deal could push the u.s. economy into recession. the cethe uncertain see has taken a toll on markets. stocks were sold off for four straight sessions as hopes for a substantial budget agreement have diminished, and all three indexes are on track to end of december in negative territory. the dow was down 150 yester day but closed down just 18 points. after work week that investors in the house of representatives would be reconvening on sunday. >> amazon has announce this year's holiday sales as their biggest ever. consumers purchased 306 items per cent and on their peak day this season. amazons says that customers ordered 26 and a half million items on cyber monday. that's a new record for the online retailer. amazons set another record on christmas day for digital download. the kendall continues to dominate the web sites best sellers. the kendall fire 80 tablet leading the way. >> annual research study reveals that more americans are reading e. books than paper books. the survey found the percentage of ame
that lawmakers will make a deal on the fiscal cliff the flat this morning. in the opening bell. a letter from the treasury secretary air to congress sent after the bill yesterday may also weigh on the market. >> government reports on the labour and housing markets, a consumer confidence and manufacture more do throughout the day. >> in bay area headlines the woman accused of killing a grandmother in a drug driving accident at the twin peaks without this matter first court appearance. >> off 23 your old goina eunice is accused of hit and run, trucking driving and vehicular manslaughter. >> the accident occurred three people and killed 56 year-old yuee yao who was here visiting her new grandchild for china. >> the judge said eunices bail at $2 million. if she goes bill she was wearing scram device that check to make sure she does not drink alcohol does not allow to dry. >> surely that in court for rain in the december 31st. >> let us take a live look at the approach to the bay bridge. no one is very had very quiet. vacations continue for a lot of people in the bay area. pretty much no one has s
. >>> aloha means good-bye. president obama cuts his hawaiian vacation short to deal with the fiscal cliff. it is already too late? good morning, 7:00 in the east. i'm alina cho. >> and i'm drew griffin. soledad o'brien is off today. "starting point" begins right now. >>> our starting point, a cruel one. a one-two christmas punch from mother nature. tornadoes and blizzards tearing through the south and midwest. >> oh, my god. we need to go. it's right there. >> mobile, alabama, took a real beating. a twister blowing up transformers, leaving more than 25,000 customers without power. reports to damage to homes, a high school, and church. >> it came in behind the church right there, and then all green fluorescent lighting and popping transformers left and right. and we heard the crashing and everything and the power went out. >> i prayed to god as loud as i could, and i was just praying for my safety, and i knew the church was shaking. i just prayed that the church stayed put. >> here is the other half of this story, blizzard conditions blanketing much of the midwest and the northeast will ge
says tonight there is still time to get a deal done before we fall off the fiscal cliff. and he demanded congress take action now before it's too late. the president spoke in the white house briefing room just about an hour ago now. he was visibly tense. frustration in his voice. >> america wonders why it is in this town for some reason you can't get stuff done in an organized timetable. why everything always has to wait until the last minute. well, we are now at the last minute. and the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> harris: if congress cannot work out a deal, tax hikes, spending cuts will take effect on tuesday of next week. president obama says he is willing to give congress a little time to come up with a compromise but his patience is limited well as is the rest of the country's. ed henry with the news live at the white house. ed, first, a dramatic meeting earlier today at the white house. and then this ultimatum from the president. >> that's right, harris. it was a dramatic exchange. what i'm tol
's a member of the bipartisan so-called gang of eight that tried to negotiate a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. he's due in court january 4. >>> mitt romney's son is making news after an interview he gave to "the boston globe" this weekend. tag romney, who played a major role in the campaign said "he wanted to be president less than anyone i've met in my life." he also said his dad had no desire to run again after falling short in 2008. but was pushed into it by a weak republican field. >>> to the weather now. meteorologist chuck bell is here, talking about some rain for christmas eve. chuck, is it going to be all rain or will some of it be of the frozen variety? >> jim, that is the $64,000 question. i think most locations, especially north and west of i-95, will see at least some small amount of sleet. the steadier sleet will be well out to the north and west, in the mountains of west virginia. the moisture is coming out of the deep south and it's reached as far north as the kentucky and north carolina and tennessee boarders with virginia. this is all inbound rain. it's not going to get here
with congressional leaders on the fiscal cliff. will a deal be made or will it continue to be a blame game? we're live in washington with the latest. >> kelly: then the supreme court striking down a request from a christian business, but that same justice ruling in favor of muslim inmates. is there a double standard here? >> eric: and this isn't something you see every day in the news. ♪ . >> eric: you know what's happened? there is a tree falling ♪ >> eric: reporter's way of saying tgif. by the way, we do that here all the time, don't we? >> juliet: oh, please, guys. >> eric: "fox & friends" starts right now. >> juliet: we do it here all the time. >> kelly: yeah, i got you. >> juliet: i thought there was going to be some other part to that story, like i found a couple bottles of vodka. >> kelly: oh, my. >> juliet: just kidding. hi, how is everybody. >> eric: all good. >> juliet: good. get to some headlines now. we'll move to serious stuff. the nation is mourning the loss of an american hero. general herbert norman schwarzkopf, known as storming norman or bear, has died of complications fr
is back to work trying to harsh out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. the senate will get back from the session after holiday break. the president is expected to arrive back to the white house without his family to get back to twork mework to meet the loo deadline. mike is at the white house. let's start with you. the consensus around the hill is that we are more likely than not to go over the fiscal cliff, but there is a small chance harry reid could take a house pass bill and amend it and send it back over to the house. what are you hear being that? >> conceivably, but when the president lights upon the south lawn and the marine one later this morning, it's unclear why he is coming back and who will be here with him. as you mentioned, speaker boehner remains in ohio where he is from. he is not coming back to washington. neither is the house of representatives. they simply said it's up to harry reid in the senate. is he preparing a bill? there was a lot of talk of small ball. a bill to allow taxes to go up on everybody or at least couples that make more than $250,000 a year. $200,0
over the so-called fiscal cliff. reaching a deal before them will not be easy. because right now, both sides are involved in a high-stakes political blame game. >> we are here in washington working while the members of the house of representatives are all watching movies and watching their kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. i told president i would be happy to look at what they're he promises but the truth is is that we are coming up against a hard deadline here and as i said this is a conversation we should have had months ago. >> democrats want to extend the bush era tax cuts to everyone except those americans who are making $250,000 or more a year. many republicans remain against the tax increases. >> former president george h. w. bush is still in intensive care at a houston hospital this morning dealing with a stubborn fever. the former president's family is confident that he will be out of the i see you soon. the 88 year-old has been in a hospital for more than a month, after first coming down with bronchitis. >> here is a live look
and there's still no sign leaders are closer to agreeing on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. here's brian mooar. >> as senate leaders were behind closed doors, president obama and republicans issued dueling messages on the web. >> we can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. the economy is growing. >> if the nation goes over the fiscal cliff next tuesday, each side blames the other. >> we can avoid going over the fiscal cliff if the president and democrat controlled senate step forward this week and work with republicans to solve this problem and solve it now. >> all over the country now, uncertainty is in the area. >> it's not a matter of am i going to pay my light bill or not but will it deplete my savings. >> even if the impact isn't real, the perceived impact could cause us to drop off in sales. >> getting a deal is up to the senate's top democrat and top republican. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader myself and the white house, in hopes we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> whatever we come up with will be imperf
showed you, the senate is back in session. they are hoping to strike a deal and avoid the fiscal cliff. we are in washington where some republicans are pessimistic an agreement can be reached. >> reporter: the senate majority leader is on the floor right now. we will take a live look at the capitol. he is trying to get republican support for the latest democratic plan. they got back to work about 15 minutes ago and are considering the president's offer to raise taxes on households making $400,000 or more a year. even if it passes the senate he is concerned about the house where he will need about 30 republicans to cross party lines. the house speaker said he is not making members of the house come back from their break without a 48 hour notice on a vote. in the last -- >> american people i don't think understand the house is operating without the house of house. its being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker. >> reporter: on top of this the treasurey department said the united states will hit its debt ceiling on monday and unless it takes extraordinary measures the country cou
to deal with the long-term fiscal health of the country which is what the fiscal cliff was supposed to be an incentive to do, we're expecting now that this is just some measure to avert the fiscal cliff which is the tax hikes, the spending cuts, each if they deal with the spending cuts and we're waiting to see what the measure will look like. i know what a hard-hitting white house reporter you are. i want to know whether it's apple kay, pumpkin pie or peekan pie for the president and first family on christmas day. any news on the menu? >> reporter: no, i am still waiting to find out. maybe we'll find out a little later today. you don't frequently find out until they have just released it, until the white house releases the information so we'll be standing by to let you know how the president spends his holiday. nothing on his public schedule, but, you know, he normally visits with troops so we're expecting he might do that today here in hawaii. >> that would be a wonderful way to spend christmas day. brianna keilar live from honolulu, hawaii, thanks. >>> other stories in the news, a
, the spending cuts that make up the fiscal cliff. president obama, he cut his christmas vacation short to deal with this crisis. he arrived back from hawaii just a short time ago, and the senate also returning to work today hoping to come up with some kind of agreement. but time is running out. jessica yellin, she has the latest from the white house. we've got dana bash following the developments on capitol hill. i want to start off with you, dana. what do we know about a possible compromise on the senate siepd what they might be proposed in fairly short order? >> compromise, i'm not so sure we'll see that. but i was told by a republican senator and democratic senator that the pr indicated before he left for hawaii that he, the president, is expected to send a piece of legislation up today with his scaled back tax plan. that's something that the president outlined in general terms on the friday before he left for hawaii and since then what we've been hearing from republicans, particularly mitch mcconnell's office is we can't talk about whether we can pass anything until we actually see the leg
to washington to work out a deal on the fiscal cliff or is he? does he really want us to go over? and specifically what would happen if we do? we will ask former clinton strategist doug show hen in just schoen in a fewminutes and the y that isn't. find out exactly how much in just a couple of minutes. can your hearing aid do this? lyric can. lyric can. lyric can. lyric by phonak is the world's only 24/7, 100% invisible hearing device. it's tiny. but lyric's not just about what you can't see. it's about what it can do. lyric can be worn 24/7 for up to four months, without battery changes. incredibly easy to live with, lyric can be worn showering, sleeping and exercising. in fact, you might forget it's there at all. call for a risk--free trial. and you'll see lyric can also give you exceptionally clear, natural sound in quiet and noisy environments because of how it works with your ear's own anatomy. (testimonial section) (testimonial section) (testimonial section) did you know, 94% of people who use lyric would recommend lyric to a friend or loved one. can your hearing aid do all
, to return to washington. hoping to strike a last-minute deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. >>> plus, deep discounts. if you're not sick of the mall just yet, you're going to find some great sales today. why a loss for retailers could be your gain. >>> and the holiday homecoming. one family never imagined was possible. how a chance encounter by a caring stranger put a dog-napped
are desperately trying to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff today, hoping to avoid steep spending cuts and tax increases. kristin welker is at the white house where the president had a high-profile meeting with congressional lawmakers on friday. good morning. >> reporter: carl, good morning to you. all eyes are on the senate this morning as majority leader harry reid and minority leader mcconnell true to cobble together a last-minute plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. president obama saying he is modestly optimistic that they can come up with a plan in time. on friday, president obama met with the four top congressional leaders here at the white house for about an hour. sources close to those talks say that the president gave lawmakers two options, either come up with a plan that can make it through both chambers or put his proposal up for a vote. under the president's plan, the bush-era tax cuts would be extended for those making $250,000 or less with rates allowed to raise on top income earners. it would also extend unemployment insurance benefits. president obama saying the time for action is
for the fiscal cliff is less than 24 hours away, and there is no deal yet, but members of congress will be back on capitol hill this morning, so we will have all the news from washington in a moment. but first there is breaking news on the condition of secretary of state hillary clinton. >> she's in a new york city hospital this morning being treated for a blood clot. doctors say it's related to a concussion that has kept her out of the office for the past three weeks. margaret brennan is in washington with the latest. margaret, good morning. >> good morning to you. secretary clinton is taking anti-co-ag lands to thin out the blood clots. doctors will report lid monitor her for at least the next 48 hours. >> welcome to the secretary of state. >> secretary of state hillary clinton was admitted to new york presbyterian hospital on sunday after doctors discovered a blood clot during what was termed a follow-up exam to check on her recovery from a recent concussion. clinton's health scare began after she contracted a stomach illness following a whirlwind trip through europe. that virus led to extre
one is avoiding the fiscal cliff. >> unless the president obama and congress can reach a deal by the new year, tax increases and spending cuts will take deep effect. >> president obama's re-election was one of the biggest political stories of the year. >> with the first of our year enders, here's abc's karen travers. >> reporter: president obama had to overcome a well funded opponent, struggling economy and voter doubts that he had the right agenda to turn the nation around. and after a roller coaster season, he got them. mitt romney may have started off at the front runner, but to win the republican nomination, he had to fend off some feisty challengers. >> he's the worst republican in the country to put up against president obama. >> reporter: and overcome some self-inflicted wounds. after 50 primary contests, romney clenched the nomination and it was on to the general election. >> it will be a choice between -- >> two very different paths. >> reporter: their battle focused on the economy. >> we can't afford another four years like the last four years. >> we need more tax cu
is still hoping to work out a deal with congress to avoid the fiscal cliff before the new year. >>> the storm that hammered the midwest with up to a foot of snow is now menacing the northeast. it's bringing heavy snow from pennsylvania to new england. and powerful winds, down all along the coast. >>> looking at the rest of today's weather. rain from seattle to portland. light showers in the cascades, northern rockies and dakotas. rain in south texas. >>> and finally this morning, a celebration of the season. >> kwanzaa festivities are taking place throughout the country. and here's karen jordan in chicago. ♪ >> reporter: drums signal the start of kwanzaa, a week-long celebration of african heritage and culture among african-americans. this is the 18th year that malcolm x college is hosting a kwanzaa observance. and organizers say it gets larger every year. >> it's about families coming together so they can be with each other and share and talk about where we've come from, where we are now and where we must go as a people. >> reporter: kwanzaa is based on seven principles. and
you, gerri. gerri: president obama is in washington negotiating a deal to revert the fiscal cliff. the first time and there are 500 billion in tax hikes coming your way. december 31. grover norquist from the president of americans for tax reform are warning that that is only the start of our problem. >> in addition to the bush tax cuts, 500 billion-dollar tax increases, a trillion dollars in obamacare taxes, all the taxes to pay for that free health care we are supposed to get. 90% of the tax increases to pay for obamacare were conveniently postponed until after obama got himself safely reelected. they begin to hit january 1 of this coming year. they are unpleasant. gerri: absolutely unpleasant. it is a disincentive to invest into work. i don't know what people are going to do down the road. now it seems that people are saying it's up to the senate. it's in the senate ballpark now to do something and to get some kind of bill. will they do anything at all? >> all the focus has been on president obama and the house of representatives. the leader, speaker boehner. some of us went to
already passed legislation to avoid the entire fiscal cliff. senate democrats have not. joining me now from d.c. nbc news white house correspondent peter alexander. peter, there was word the last hour that the president may have sent some sort of deal. the white house then turning around saying that's not true at all. where was the confusion? >> reporter: well, you hear the frosty statements back and forth as you just indicated there, craig. ah, the holidays in washington. a lovely time, isn't it? right now it appears clear if there's conversation going on it is not happening between the primary players but perhaps between their surrogates, senior staff and others, between those on the hill and here at the white house right now but senior white house -- senior administration official told me a short time ago that there is no proposal being sent up to the hill today. harry reid, the senate majority leader, also denied that any such thing was taking place today. both of those denials do also come against the backdrop of the fact both sides acknowledged this is not something they plan to
fiscal cliff. that's when automatic tax increases and spending cuts would take effect. reaching a deal before then what be easy. right now both sides are involved in a high-stakes political blame game. >> we in washington are working while the house of representatives are out watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> i told the president i would be happy to look at whatever he proposes but the truth is we're coming against a hard deadline here. i said this is a conversation we should have had months ago. >> former president george h. w. bush is still in intensive care at a hospital in houston with a stubborn fever. the family is, that he will be out of the i see you sound. the chief of staff said supporters a note yesterday including " he would ask me to tell you please put the sharks back in the closet " the 88 year- old has been in a hospital for more than a month after first coming down with bronchitis. >> a live look at the james lick and traffic is light. it is very cold and we will have updates on your
-called fiscal cliff as soon as he lands. the goal, to work out a deal that can solve the political gridlock before the new year. the senate will reconvene today. the house, however s not back in session after the failure of speaker john boehner's plan b last week, house members are saying the ball is now in the senate's court. >>> former president george h.w. bush is in the intensive care unit at a houston hospital this morning. according to a statement from the bush family the president has been in intensive care since sunday, after suffering a series of setbacks, including a persistent fever. they also say he's relentlessly positive and spends time talking and joking with his doctors. in the next hour we'll take to you houston for a live update on the president's condition. >>> it's called one of the largest lawsuits of its kind, toyota agrees to a $1.1 billion settlement. we'll tell you who benefits and if one of the people who benefits is you. [ male announcer ] it's that time of year again. time for citi price rewind. are only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest pri
. the minority leader has appealed to the vice president directly in a last-ditch deal to avoid a fiscal cliff. kerry reid stepped back from the talks on the senate floor. and he had yet to hear back from the. -- from them. we will show you comments in a short while ago. taking your phone calls on the fiscal cliff with two days to go, the house and senate vote in a session today. the house came in at 2:00 and they gaveled out shortly thereafter. we expect them to come back to take up about 1 dozen bills. we are expecting votes at around 6:30. it is also possible that the house rules committee could be to discuss potential legislation that could be agreed upon in the house and senate. let's go to william in st. paul, minn.. caller, how are you? >> doing fine. caller: -- caller: how are you? >> doing fine. caller: these problems for them are everyday trials and whatnot. there was a man who was laid off where i work that. >> what kind of work? caller: maintenance work. it was a situation where i was telling like -- i was prepared for the fiscal cliff. i have been prepared for the last three month
leaders from both parties tomorrow to work out a deal hopefully to avert the fiscal cliff. and former president george h.w. bush remains in intensive care at a houston hospital after a series of health setbacks. >>> and the former president among those tonight mourning the death of the legendary american general storm norman schwarzkopf. he booted saddam hussein's forces out of kuwait in the he died in central florida. the assignment the last chanter in an extraordinary olive of service. general schwarzkopf was one of the most well known commanders in modern mill tare arery history. >> he most certainly was. his command of the gulf war inspired me to become a war correspondent. although he had a long connection with that region. he was obviously -- famous for being commander of the forces during the golf war. he had gone to school in tehran and iran as a kid. they were stationed there. schwarzkopf guided military school before serving in the south vietnamese airborne division. by the time he was a lieutenant colonel he distinguished himself by helping rescue men of his battalion from
. and this is problematic obviously because in order to avoid the fiscal cliff, you would need to find some sort of deal that would make it through the senate and the house and that would need democratic and republican support. now, all eyes on the senate because they will reconvene on the 27th, thursday. and senate majority leader harry reid, it is up to him, really, to cobble together something that can get some of that support. right now the white house is still supporting a threshold of $250,000 back to their initial starting point for tax rates going up for those making more than that. but you can imagine, hala, that's going to be very hard for some republicans, maybe even some democrats to sign on to. >> right. and for just about a week ago, it was common to hear a deal will be hammered out. over the last several days we're hearing more and more that potentially this is a reality for americans in eight days' time. your sources in the administration, is there a real concern among some of the people you're speaking with that indeed this fiscal cliff will become a reality? >> i thi >> reporter: i thi
morning, everyone. we begin with that fiscal cliff hanger in washington, d.c. there are now just two days left until automatic tax hikes and severe budget cuts go into effect. president obama is urging democrats and republicans to reach a deal. senate leaders are working on a last-minute compromise. that could be voted on tomorrow. >>> a horrific accident in mississippi. six people including five children were killed when their suv plunged into a creek yesterday. the children were all related. police say four other adults including the parents of those children managed to escape the cause of that accident is under investigation. >>> and stunning video of a plane crash outside of moscow, russia, the passenger plane overshot the runway and slammed into a highway yesterday. amazing video. four of the eight crew members on board were killed. there were no passengers on the plane and no one on the highway was hurt. the cause of that crash is under investigation. >>> and finally, a celebration at the vatican. about 40,000 young pilgrims from all across europe attended an open air mass conducted
from going over that fiscal cliff next week, which would send taxes soaring while slashing spending. >>> meanwhile, hollywood has something to celebrate as we close out 2012. it's been a very big year in the movies, with the number of tickets sold in the u.s. up for the first time in three years. the domestic box office take is set to hit a record $10.8 billion, with ticket sales up 5.6%. quite an accomplishment in the age of impressive home theaters. >>> meanwhile, when we come back, travelers weren't the only ones fed up with holiday deals. what an angry pilot had to say to his passengers about the matter. >>> also, proof that you do not have to be a kid to get excited over your christmas present. you really have to stay tuned for this. the family behind this viral video is sharing their joy. how do you do that? well, inside the brewer, there's this train that's powerful enough to carry more coffee and fresh water to make coffee that's stronger and bigger... and even hotter! actually, i just press this button. brew the coffee you love -- stronger, bigger, or hotter -- with the keu
the fiscal cliff. now all eyes will be on the senate after house republicans said it's up to them to reach the deal. nbc's danielle leigh is on capitol hill. what's the latest? >> it's another day and another standoff. john boehner may not even bring the house back to town until the senate comes up with a possible plan. >> reporter: obama leaves his tropical retreat in hawaii for a wintry washington, tension on capitol hill is on high. >> i don't so how you could hammer out any kind of a grand bargain or large plan involving tax reform and entitlement changes in a matter of days. >> reporter: serious doubt is setting in. even starbucks is getting involved, writing "come together" on its cup. speaker john boehner says he's sitting this round out after failing to get enough house republicans to support his own plan just before christmas. >> i think boehner is being controlled unfortunately by the right wing. >> reporter: that leaves it up to majority leader harry reid and the rest of the senate to find a possible solution. aides say reid's plan would avoid tax increases for people making les
. >>> also this half hour, it is down to the wire in washington, d.c. yes, the fiscal cliff now just four days away. can a last-ditch meeting today really, really lead to a deal? really? >> i hope so, because i'm heading to washington tomorrow. but we're going to bring you another story. you're going to want to see this. a daycare burglary that turns into child's play. oh, man, this boils my blood. the christmas day thieves whose clowning around was all caught on tape. >> unbelievable. yeah, that was one of them riding a little kid's tricycle. >>> later on, britney spears is back. she may be saying goodbye to a $15 million reality tv paycheck. and why this may not be her only personal drama this morning. we have details coming up in "the skinny" and she's part of half of "the skinny" today. britney spears has a lot going on. >> making headlines. >>> first, though, the nation is remembering a war hero this morning. general norman schwarzkopf died yesterday after battling pneumonia. >> president obama called the retired general an american original who stood tall for his country and had a l
this is president obama leading hawaii and now everyone is going to try to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff. >> we are taking a live look here at our mt. tam cam. you can see it shaking around. my favorite shot of the morning with relatively clear conditions. we have high clouds up above but no issues with visibility. today's forecast, expect sunshine and dry and pleasant weather. we'll have some changes and introduce some showers into the forecast which could continue into saturday morning. it looks like we'll be drive by sunday. satellite and radar shows a high pressure is in control for now. we have changes to talk about in my next report. >> speaking of walking you could probably walk across the toll plaza without being hit this morning. traffic is light and no delays coming out of the macarthur maze. east bay freeways are running much lighter than usual. we're still looking at under 25 minutes drive time from the bottle to the golden gate bridge. >> a developing story and walnut creek where there is an officer involved shooting and ended with a suspect being cleat killed. will tran is live wi
on a plan to avoid the so- called "fiscal cliff." but house gop leaders say they will not return to washington unless the senate passes a bill. with no deal on the horizon, a new poll finds the gop gets the biggest share of the blame for the stalemate. >> both sides here have a problem with the american people and it's why congress has 11% job approval rating. >> even starbucks is gettingismy for an agreement. its employees are writing "col together" on coffee cups in d.c. to try to encourage compromise. >>> hawaii's lieutenant governor brian shots will replace the late democratic senator daniel inouye who died of respiratory complications last week. on the day he died he wrote to the governor asking for a female representative to replace him. she made it to the final round of consideration but did not win the nomination. >>> and former president george h.w. bush is in intensive care at a houston hospital with a fever and cough. mr. bush was admitted to the hospital more than a month ago with a bad case of bronchitis. he was then moved to the icu this past sunday. a bush family s
the double deadline. hoping to get a deal in the next few days to avoid going of the fiscal cliff. hallie jackson has more. >> the treasury is making moves. otherwise we have the debt limit on monday. that is the last day of fiscal cliff talks. the president departed hawaii to return to washington, where it is not just the temperature that is chillier. talks cooled over the holidays over how to avoid the massive tax hikes. they are set to begin in just a few days. >> taxes are going to go up no matter what. they could go up a lot more, and that is where the political hit comes. >> house republicans point the finger at the other chamber, saying the senate must act on a bill to avoid the fiscal cliff. a spokesman for harry reid some are blaming the gop for the holdup. no further legislation can move unless republicans drop their knee-jerk obstructionism. if the country falls off the fiscal cliff, it may feel gradual at first, except on wall street. >> the reaction from the financial markets and the stock markets -- you could see something quick. >> a top ceo is hoping to jolt them into acti
the house passed that are sitting in the senate. >> we ought to go over the fiscal cliff. i think we shouldn't make a deal where we're not -- we shouldn't raise taxes. we need entitlement reform, then we can talk. if there's no real entitlement reform, there's nothing we can do. democrats spend, spend, spend. now they have the bill, the fiscal cliff and they don't like the result. what are they going to do? it's time you actually put a stop -- >> we're going to have to leave it there. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> a case of extreme helicopter parents sued by their daughter for stalking but is what they did really that bad? you're legal eagles are on the case coming up. ford c-max hybrid. when you're carrying a lot of weight, c-max has a nice little trait, you see, c-max helps you load your freight, with its foot-activated lift gate. but that's not all you'll see, cause c-max also beats prius v, with better mpg. say hi to the all-new 47 combined mpg c-max hybrid. >>> a parents' love is unconditional and sending kids to college is hard. when you plant monitoring software on their compu
of a deal are fading quickly. just two trading days left until the cliff. and it's not just the fiscal cliff. wind farms and dairy are set to get hit. >> the ports of the east coast and gulf coast are bracing for a potential strike. the potential for this, midnight sunday with a shutdown threatening to threaten 20% of the cargo traffic. >> and instagram feeling the sting of the flap around privacy with users, fleeing the site. how will this impact facebook? >> as we mentioned, dennis berman, "wall street journal" market place editor is joining us here on set once again for the next hour. good to have you back, dennis. lots to talk about between the cliff and other news. >> three days before the u.s. goes over the fiscal cliff, congressional leaders will meet with the president this afternoon. i remember standing on the white house north lawn last month, after leaders met with the president back then. things looked pretty promising. here's what they said after that meeting. >> i believe that the framework that i've outlined in our meeting today is consistent with the president's call for a fa
are not running out of ideas, they are running out of time. the prospects of a fiscal cliff plunge look closer than ever today when senate talks ground to a standstill. >> i am willing to get this done. i needed dance partner. >> republicans demanded social security cuts. democrats called that a deal killer. the gop to get off the table. the deadline is monday at midnight. if no deal, taxes go up on nine out of 10 americans. potentially catastrophic spending cuts start kicking in. lawmakers spent much of the day behind closed doors plotting strategy. president obama blamed the impasse on republicans. >> the way they are behaving is there on the priority is making sure the tax breaks for the wealthiest americans are protected. >> on sunday, the president talked about his plan b. he wants the senate to vote on extending tax cuts to everyone but the rich. >> if the republicans baca, middle-class taxes will go a. >> a political showdown with only one certainty, tomorrow night's deadline. the president has a plan c, reversing the effects of the cliff on january 4 when the new congress is in town. >
sunday session. >> reporter: it may already be too late. days before the fiscal cliff, and with the house of representatives out of town until sunday, senate majority leader harry reid admitted a deal seems unlikely. >> i have to be very honest, mr. president, i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: in a scathing attack, reid called house speaker john boehner a dictator, and blamed him for letting members stay home with no deal in sight. >> we are here in washington, working. while the members of the house of representatives are out watching movies and watching their kids play soccer and basketball. john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership. >> reporter: the republican leader responded saying it's democrats who failed to lead. >> make no mistake, the only reason the democrats have been trying to deflect attention onto me and my colleagues is that they don't have a plan of their own. >> reporter: president obama returned to washington for a last-minute push before leaving vacation in hawaii, he had separate phone conversations with congressional leade
-minute deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, right? the president and the vice president, they're going to meet with house speaker john boehner, minority leader nancy pelosi, senate majority harry reid and minority leader mitch mcconnell. that is happening this afternoon. jessica yellin is there. jess, what do we know about the president's plan to get everybody in the same room? do we think there's going to be something that comes out of this? >> reporter: well, this is one of those cases where we really are going to have to wait and see, and all the parties involved are also going in with a big question mark. the idea is the expectation by many of the participants in the meeting is that they hope that they will be able to discuss more details about a scaled-down fiscal cliff plan. and maybe that could lead to some sort of agreement ideally for all parties in which all the senators say that they will not filibuster it, and it can go to a vote. and then speaker boehner could, in theory, agree to bring it to a vote on the house floor after the house comes back on sunday. and then we would
number one is avoiding the fiscal cliff. >> unless the president obama and congress can reach a deal by the new year, tax increases and spending cuts will automatically take effect. >> and the clock is ticking. >>> of course, when we look back at this year, president obama's re-election was one of the biggest political stories of the year. all others, you could say, they pealed in comparison. >> with the first of our year-enders, here's abc's karen travers. >> reporter: to win a second term, president obama had to overcome a well funded opponent, a struggling economy, and voters' doubts that he had the right agenda to turn the nation around. [ chanting ] >> all: four more years! >> reporter: and after a roller coaster season, he got them. mitt romney may have started off at the frontrunner, but to win the republican nomination, he had to fend off some feisty challengers. >> he's the worst republican in the country to put up against barack obama. >> the odds are very high i'm going to be the nominee. >> reporter: and overcome some self-inflicted wounds. >> i like being able to fire pe
on what could happen as the fiscal cliff counts down. i want bring in the senior congressional reporter in politico. it's clear from what was said yesterday, that he believes that the senate leaders can put together a deal. take a listen. >> i just had a good and constructive discussion here at the white house with the senator and house leadership about how to prevent this tax hike on the middle class. and i'm optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that could pass both houses in time. >> what had to happen behind the scenes? what had to transpire in the room for the president to express any optimism that a deal could be made? >> i think it was positive sounds by mitch mcconnell. the senator minority leader wants a deal. he knows in the new year, it will be harder to get a deal to the republican likings if it goes over the cliff. the republicans will suffer a bigger amount of the blame and there will be more democrats in congress in the next two years and at that point, it will be harder to shape a deal how they want it to be shaped. so mcconnell wants a deal. they are neg
one week to go, and there's still no deal preventing the economy from going over the fiscal cliff. members of congress are pointing fingers over who is to blame for the lack of progress to prevent tax hikes and spending cuts. connecticut's independent senator joe lieberman expects congress to work right up to the deadline. but he's not even sure that's going to be enough. >> it's the first time i feel it's more likely we will go over the cliff than not, and if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional er responsibility in a long time. >> the president and congress are due back later in the week. one possibility is a partial deal on taxes while putting off an agreement on spending, kicking some of the can down the road once again. >> and that seems to be what congress is good at. no problem ever gets solved. there's no grand bargain. seems like we just do a little bit and then say oh, we'll get it by the fall. and nothing substantive really gets done. it's a sad state of affairs. this is the result of when folks cannot take off the par
in just hours. can they agree on something before sending the country over the fiscal cliff? >>> and holy cow. $8 for a gallon of milk? why that utterly ridiculous price could be a very real possibility today, friday, december 28th, 2012. >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm willie geist in this morning. she is full of milk puns this morning. holy cow. utterly. >> what are you, lactose intolerant? >> the trifecta. >> we'll move on to the big story, which is the weather. we're bracing for another big storm before the last one is done. >> it's expected to bring a new round of travel headaches during a holiday travel weekend. how will it impact you in more on that ahead. >>> also, retired general norman schwarzkopf has died at the age of 78. he's being remembered as one of the greatest military figures in u.s. history. more on his remarkable life coming up. >>> also ahead, it happened again. a man shoved to his death in front of a new york city subway train. this time, the suspect is a woman. we will have the details. >>> and la
from going over the so-called fiscal cliff. they say if president obama and congress don't make a deal we will almost certainly see a recession. do you buy that, steven? >> the congressional budget office is a nonpartisan group that does this and says we will in fact have an immediate rescission. they say that we come out of a short, sharp recession stronger than we would be if we didn't go into that recession in the first place. we stop borrowing money from the future to prop us up now. we have the immediate problems but in the long term we are in gets shape. that's what they are grappling this. how do they best structure this to do the least amount of damage now but get us to the good economy in the future. >> reporter: if you look up a research paper from the president's own economist you'll find in the long run we are healthier, short run, yeah, it's painful. is that what motivates some of the republicans that, you know, what are called chuckle heads, but maybe in the end they are wisdom heads. >> that is certainly part of the motivation there. the other part of the motivation, and
will weather the storms to get back to washington today with five days left to avert the fiscal cliff, and now all eyes will be on the senate after house republicans say it's up to senate leadership to reach a deal. nbc's danielle leigh is live on capitol hill. danielle, what's the latest? >> reporter: mara, good morning. it's a new day and a new standoff. this time, house speaker john boehner is hinting he won't bring house members back to town until the senate comes up with a passable plan. as president obama leaves his tropical retreat in hawaii for a wintry washington, tension on capitol hill is on high. >> i don't see how you could hammer out any kind of a grand bargain or large plan involving tax reform and entitlement changes in a matter of days. >> reporter: serious doubt is setting in. even starbucks is getting involved, writing "come together" on its cups. speaker john boehner says he's sitting this round out after failing to get enough house republicans to support his own plan just before christmas. >> i think that boehner is being controlled, unfortunately, by the right wing. >> re
cliff with this debt ceiling expanded and talk with the fiscal cliff. republicans didn't want to do that. that was part of the big negotiations. now that we are talking about the small deal, i think the debt ceiling is going to be a separate issue and probably we will have to be talking about this yet again in the spring. thankfully people who are watching right now will already know what's going on. >> lisa, thank you very much. there will be another change in president obama's cabinet heading into his second term. lisa jackson administrator for the environmental protection agency will be stepping out after the state of the union peach next month. jackson cited the epa's progress in food, water, and air quality and also energy independence. jackson started at the agency as a scientist 25 years ago. humans of weapons show up in los angeles. from hand guns to revolvers and rifles and even assault weapons. just a sampling of guns traded for grocery gift cards. efull ap? who do you think i am, quicken loans? ♪ at quicken loans, our amazingly useful mortgage calculator app allows you to qu
part in "fiscal cliff" negotiations. >>> holiday sales grew at a weak pace this year. the weakest in four years. mastercard advisors spending pulse reports that sales in the two months before christmas increased .7% over last year. a lot of analysts expected sales to be up 3 or 4%. but wait, there is more. when i worked in retail when i was in college, christmas was busy enough. but the day after christmas? it was unbelievable! cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran is in san leandro where after- christmas shopping has already started. >> reporter: yes, brian. it started at 5:00 this morning at the bay fair center in san leandro. according to a consumer reports poll about 1 in 7 adults will return a christmas gift so that's part of it. for the other part i'm joined live now with keith mchugh with the shopping center here braving the rain with us, as well. thank you so much for joining us. >> my pleasure. >> reporter: what brings shoppers out here the day after christmas? it's the holiday, you think they would be sitting at home enjoying the holiday. >> i think the after christmas shopper is
on capitol hill to talk about the other big story in washington, d.c. that is the fiscal cliff. we are now just hours away trying to avert it. what is the latest, john? >> just hours, and some are calling it a false hope. lawmakers negotiated all weekend long but this morning, still no deal. >> while millions of americans prepared to ring in the new year, there is a count on a different kind lynn, a deadline set to trigger a broad tax increases and drastic cuts in domestic and military spending. >> we will have for their amendments. >> several issues are still being debated. the president is trying to broker a deal that would at least preserve tax rates on families with incomes under $250,000. it would extend expiring unemployment benefits. >> our top priority has to be to make sure that taxes on middle- class families do not go up that would hurt our economy. >> republicans are adamant about keeping the estate and inheritance taxes from going up. over the weekend, an offer was made on the gop side. a counter proposal was never presented. >> i am willing to get this done. i need a dance pa
soon. but six days before the fiscal cliff, president obama cutting short his christmas vacation on the off chance he and congress might be able to cut some kind of deal. he left. but brianna keilar is still there in honolulu. when's the president leaving and why does he really expect to avoid the cliff? >> reporter: i will be leaving as well when the president leaves, don. he is expected. he will be leaving tonight. that's local time. so he'll be traveling overnight and arriving back in the d.c. area late thursday morning. as you know, the senate reconvenes tomorrow. so he'll be going back as that is happening. we heard from him last week as he was heading out to hawaii. he said, see you next week. we had a thought that this was probably going to happen. he is officially now going back. he said last week, don, that he is still optimistic that something can get done. the other issue here, though, is you can imagine, how bad it would look if he go over the cliff and there's a lot of work to make sure that doesn't happen. he's here in hawaii on vacation. that would look terrible fo
work done? tell us a little bit about the fiscal cliff here. we know the senate is going to come back on thursday. do we expect the presidt to come back to washington and deal with trying to avoid these tax increases and the spending cuts? >> it really does sound like he'll be coming back, suzanne. it is not official. the white house hasn't put out a schedule update. it seems to be more a matter of when he is coming back rather than if. the senate will reconvene thursday. all eyes there as senate majority leader harry reid tries to cobble together something that can get some republican support. we'll be waiting to see exactly when president obama is coming back but we understand that the senate even though it reconvenes on thursday may not, senate democrats may not roll out a bill until closer to the new year. also get some republican support and put pressure on the house to take it up. >> we'll be following that very closely. have a wonderful christmas and of course we'll talk with you a little bit later. if there are any developments on the fiscal cliff. stay with cnn for any moveme
old. kelly: we are now just seven days away from going over that so-called fiscal cliff and when automatic tax hikes and spending cuts kick in. there are several different ways this drama could play out on capitol hill to the white house. from no deal at all to a big agreement just in time, just in the nick of time i should say but those are not the only scenarios out there. brad blakeman, former deputy assistant to president george w. bush. stephanie max he willwell, democratic strategist and columnist. they join us to shed light on this. what are we going to do about the fiscal cliff when it is looming so -- if they do something about it and get back to congress this week as they're supposed to do. do they have enough time to get it done? >> i don't know if they have enough time to get it done, if republicans in the house are not willing to make any substantive concessions. and that means that they need to listen to what american voters said in november and raise the tax rates on the top 2%. that is what everybody voted for and that's what we want. and so i think that republica
look at next week and the fiscal cliff presumably happening, going over it, john boehner is supposed to be re-elected speaker on next thursday. >> on the 3rd, yeah. >> is that going to change everything and he's going to say, to hell with this right-wing tail wagging my dog, i don't need you guys anymore? >> no, because the house isn't the only theater of this. there's the senate, of course. we talked briefly about this earlier, but mitch mcconnell has a senate election in 2014. and if there's been one thing that's been noted over the past year, it's these crazy senate challengers have the chance of knocking off a person in the primary. and i'm assuming that mitch mcconnell knows that. >> this is great. this is great. we love this. tension at the convention of both ends of pennsylvania avenue, the white house, congress. this is terrific stuff. kurt, stay with us, okay? can you. we're begging you, begging you. >> you're adding gravitas to this. >>> we'll also bring in nbc news political director, chuck todd, also nbc white house correspo corresponde correspondent. >>> first, dylan dre
-called fiscal cliff in washington. president obama has called the top congressional leaders to the white house this afternoon, for the first talks in more than a month. but hope for a new deal is fading. just yesterday, the senate majority leader is accusing the speaker of running a dictatorship if there's no deal within four days. just about every american will see their taxes go on up. >>> and this morning, more snow is threatening to make holiday travel difficult for millions of americans. as sam has been telling us, snow is falling across the upper midwest and will be moving into the northeast tomorrow. meantime, the recovery from the last storm is just beginning. 135,000 homes and businesses still without power in arkansas alone. many of them could be in the dark through next week. >>> and this morning, russian president vladimir putin has signed a highly controversial bill which bans americans from adopting russian children. dozens of pending adoptions now frozen, even cases where children -- this is heartbreaking -- were just days away from moving to the united states. russia banned the
this fiscal cliff. these guys suddenly came to an agreement over the next few days, they could pass it at the beginning of january. but i wouldn't be optimistic about that. >> jonathan karl, i have a feeling i'll see you here around 7:07 tomorrow morning. thank you, jon. >>> let's go to paula faris with the other top stories develop right now. paula? >> we have an update on 41. we begin with growing concern about the health of former president george h.w. bush. he has suffered a setback. mr. bush is in intensive care after doctors were unable to lower his fever. and they still don't know what's causing it. they've now placed him on a liquids-only diet. they are not explaining why. mr. bush was admitted to the hospital november 23rd for bronchitis. doctors say they remain cautiously optimistic about his recovery. >>> and toyota has agreed to pay more than $1 billion -- that's "b" as in boy, to settle a class-action lawsuit from drivers who say their cars sped up without warning. abc's brian ross was the first to expose this problem. the lawsuit that was filed two years ago blamed a f
. when we talk about the skwauld fiscal cliff, we talk about tril yons of dollars here. what does it mean for your pay economic and personal finances. here's some consequences if there's no deal. one of the first places you might feel it is in your paychex. the payroll tax holiday expires. that means $83 less per month if you make $50,000 a year. the bush era tax cuts expire, and it's not clear what the tax rate would be. but the average household would see a tax increase of $3500 a year. that is according to the fax policy center. what about the 2012 tax returns? well, there would no fix for the alternative minimum tax, and that would delay tax filings. as many as 100 million people might not be able to file their return until late march. that means tax refunds could also be delayed, and some major tax credits would expire as well including the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit. >>> from a mars landing to a deep water dive, scientific and technical breakthroughs this past year were amazing. here's john zarrella with a look at the top 10. >> at number 10 a revolutionary ca
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